“The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that run along the outside of the thigh. It begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint.”
The day before yesterday I wrote that I may have injured this area of my body. I had acute pain in the outer area of my right hip. The thing that threw me for a loop was that it didn’t start hurting while I was running or while I was doing anything at all. I was sitting in a chair at work, doing nothing and it just started hurting. I made a doctor’s appointment for this morning to find out what the problem was.
When I went to the grocery store yesterday, I found that the more I moved around and walked, the better it felt. It wasn’t a significant difference, but I could tell that it helped. I know that IT band syndrome is a friction injury and that it’s an inflammation of the band. Oh! Something else I found while doing some research into how to treat an IT band injury was to use R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation). While the first two are relatively easy to do, the compression and elevation would be a little more difficult…especially considering that it’s my hip and not down toward my knee where I’m having the pain. I’d have to stand on my head and that’s just silly.
I looked up some stretches and things that I could do after my runs to help prevent this injury in the future. I found 2 stretches and a foam roller technique that I can do after my runs.
Well, the doctor said that it is NOT my IT band but is most likely an inflamed hip bursa.
He gave me a steroid shot which made it immediately feel better, thereby strengthening his opinion that it was indeed my bursa. Then he had me sign up for some physical therapy. So, I have PT scheduled for next Thursday. I’m going to try my run tomorrow. I’m going to try and make it out of bed as early as possible so I have plenty of time to test the running waters on my 6 mile run. So, hopefully this will not adversely affect my scheduled runs. Even though this is not an IT band injury, I will still add the IT band stretches and foam rolling to my after run routine. I believe it is in my best interest to help me be as injury free as possible. I’ll have to do a little research and see if there’s any way to avoid having my bursa get inflamed again.